Above The Rim Signs New U.S. Licensee

Above The Rim announced Tuesday a five-year licensing agreement with ACI International and a new collection of performance basketball footwear for this fall.

The limited collection will be available in October, with a wider offering set for spring ’11 (both team product for everyday play and signature styles designed with Above The Rim’s professional athletes are planned).

The line is part of a new push for the brand, which is managed by Collective Licensing International, a subsidiary of Collective Brands Inc. This year, the 21-year-old brand will be re-launched with a contemporary spin. NBA player Martell Webster, shooting guard for the Portland Trailblazers, recently signed on to work with Above The Rim and ACI to design and launch his own signature style.

“ACI has a deep understanding of the consumers, market trends and latest technologies within the basketball segment,” said Bruce Pettet, president and CEO at Collective Licensing International. “With their proven product development and strong manufacturing and distribution capabilities we’re thrilled to partner with them as our primary licensee in the U.S. on the re-launch of footwear for the Above The Rim brand.”

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